[ENGLISH ARTICLE] Blackfeminism in France : what’s going on ?

It’s been a while since I wrote an english post, right ?

Even if I try to dedicate my blog to french readers, I am more and more concerned about keeping in touch with english-speaker fellows ! If you did not follow the last afrofeminist events taking place in Paris, here is a little recap :

– On February, “Ouvrir La voix”/”Speak up/Make your way” hosted the first black feminist conference ! After 30 years without any event and reunion, we’re back ! It was exciting and I was moved to be part of this event, meeting so many non-white women in the room speaking up. Amandine gay, conference’s president and director of the documentary “Speak up/make your way” presented diverse issues around being a black woman in France. This “we” around the table was meaningfull, because we shared so many different experiences (queer, islam, disability, classism, racism, sexism… ).

On March, my sisters were back in the streets thanks to Mwasi, a black feminist and panafrican association ! Lot of us neve felt represented in this feminist march, and for the first time, we felt there was a place for us, finally. I could’nt be there that day, but I was so full of joy to see all the pictures and all this solidarity. Even though this blackfeminist march was welcomed with racist slurs on social media (and elsewhere), nothing could fight or erase us !

Many things are coming, and it’s funny to see how many people want to insert themselves in our initiatives, so they can use us, lol. Tell’em it won’t work with Black Jesus, lmao. We are strong and visible and here.

I am touched everytime I received a tweet, a mail or private message from a black young woman telling me she’s happy. Happy to see us and what we are doing, happy from the little city where she lives.

assiégées

What’s next ? Well, the first and new intersectional magazine AssiégéEs will launch “Intersectionnalité, toi-même tu sais” (“Intersectionality, you know better”), two days in two countries (France and Belgium) with conferences, workshops and so much more ! I will participate to the one taking place in France, and maybe in Belgium too, but I can’t reveal the program for now… So stay tuned !

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